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This morning, I was trying to figure out why an image on my iDisk site wasn't being updated, despite the fact that the app I was using to update the image kept saying "Successfully uploaded."

When I connected to the iDisk in the Finder, the image preview showed the old image I was trying to replace. Taking the brute force solution, I dragged it to the trash. I was warned that it would be deleted immediately, which was fine. But then I received the infamous "Sorry, you can't delete this file, it's busy" message. I've never seen this dialog on an iDisk, only on my local disk.

The fix turned out to be easy, if not obvious (thanks Kirk!) -- you have to unmount and remount the iDisk. The only thing that makes this a bit tricky is trying to figure out how to do that. It's not possible (as far as I know) from the Finder, but a quick trip to the Terminal will take care of the problem. Just type:
umount -f idisk_name/
Where idisk_name is your .Mac username. You can then return to the Finder, re-mount the disk by clicking the shortcut, and (hopefully) your busy file is no longer busy ... at least it worked for me!
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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: rhowell on Jun 02, '04 11:32:28AM

"The fix turned out to be easy, if not obvious (thanks Kirk!) -- you have to unmount and remount the iDisk."

Couldn't you eject and then reconnect the iDisk, all from the Finder?



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: james_sorenson on Jun 02, '04 11:57:46AM

Yes, but you have to know how. The iDisk in the sidebar does not have an "Eject" button next to it. So, you have to open the "Computer" folder (using CMD-SHIFT-C) to highlight the iDisk, then press CMD-E to eject it.

- Jim

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"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: james_sorenson on Jun 02, '04 11:59:42AM

Oops! However, the Finder may not let you eject the iDisk if it thinks there are busy files. The "umount" hint may be required after all!
- Jim

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"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: mm2270 on Jun 02, '04 10:18:43PM

JB, is that you? Hehe. I knew you frequented this site, but I've never seen a post by you.

Oh, it's "OM" BTW. Hiya!

Sorry for the "off-topic" post.



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Do most of you find the iDisk in the Finder almost unusable??
Authored by: jiclark on Jun 02, '04 01:44:46PM
I've resorted to using Goliath because it is so much more responsive and reliable. And Goliath is free, too.

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Do most of you find the iDisk in the Finder almost unusable??
Authored by: stam66 on Jun 03, '04 03:14:53PM

Goliath is an excellent application... file transfers are significantly faster and more reliable. Importantly, it can manage proxies without a problem. And, as mentioned, it's free.



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: gsgm on Jun 02, '04 02:13:24PM

On Panther, most writes are to the local (mirror) copy of the iDisk and then syncronize in the background to the server copy.

You should be able to "force" an update by right clicking on the triangle next to the icon.



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: DanFrakes on Jun 02, '04 04:04:56PM

This is only the case if you've chosen to create a local copy of your iDisk -- an option which, if I recall correctly, is disabled by default.



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: pecosbill on Jun 02, '04 05:31:01PM

Creating a local mirror copy is off by default. I think that's backwards as the mirror makes it usable & was one of the selling points of Panther. Turn that on and it makes the iDisk seem like a high speed local disk ('cause it is!).

I'm on Jag now so I can't describe the exact steps, but it's Sys Prefs > .Mac> Options (?) > Create local copy (checkbox mid way down)

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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: Zo-1 on Aug 02, '04 11:24:48PM

I would still like to know how to delete said iDisk file. I've tried everything; no force-deleter in the world works, so far. Tried fixing the privileges, etc etc - that sucker just sits there, mocking me. For like a year now!

Ideas appreciated.



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Fix an iDisk 'file busy' error
Authored by: johnnysokko on Sep 12, '04 05:34:01PM

Here's what I did. Had the exact same problem, running 10.3.5. Open your IDisk, don't highlight the file (this will make it seem like it's in use). Go to the file you wish to delete by clicking on the icon area only (not the entire line), HOLD that click, drag the file to the trash can. You'll be prompted, hit OK, all should work fine. For some reason you can't use the old Command Delete routine with these files. Used to be IDisk would allow this, and may still, but if you're having problems that command won't work again (from my experience). If normal opening of IDisk doesn't work, open it not from the sidebar but using the finder Go menu.



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